iOS 8.2 May Be Released in March, Ahead of April Apple Watch Launch

Apple's next major iOS update, iOS 8.2, includes the WatchKit API and support for the Apple Watch, so it's been widely assumed that the software will launch alongside the device. According to sources that spoke to BGR, iOS 8.2 may not be released at the same time as the Apple Watch after all, coming instead in March.

An unspecified March release date means the software could come just a week or so ahead of the Apple Watch, or over a month, depending on the specific launch date of the Apple Watch. Tim Cook recently confirmed the Apple Watch will be released in April, but he did not narrow down the month-long timeframe. It is not clear why Apple might choose to launch the update ahead of the Apple Watch, as it is heavily focused on the device aside from some bug fixes and other minor improvements to the iOS 8 software.

As we reported last week, Apple has been asking some high-profile developers to have their Apple Watch apps ready by mid-February, a request that could be related to a potential March software launch and accompanying event.

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BGR has been fairly accurate with its iOS release date predictions. The site correctly determined several iOS 7 beta release dates, most notably targeting March of 2014 for the launch of iOS 7.1, which turned out to be accurate. The site has, however, been wrong on some occassions, like when it inaccurately predicted the launch of iOS 7 beta 6 and beta 7.

Apple has seeded five iOS 8.2 betas to developers thus far, and the most recent beta was released just yesterday. We've already been seeing hints of what the Apple Watch will be capable of thanks to developer efforts thus far, and Apple Watch sightings have been picking up as employees in Cupertino test the device ahead of its launch.

Update 2:10 PM PT: 9to5Mac is also reporting that iOS 8.2 will be released in March, possibly during the second week of the month.

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Top Rated Comments

anzio Avatar
95 months ago
the closer it gets, the less excited I am.

This just in: nobody cares.
Score: 38 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tliede20 Avatar
95 months ago
:apple: watch event / 8.2

:apple: watch will release in April. MY guess is that they will do an event in March for the big unveil announcement; during this they will say 8.2 is available TODAY along with announcing the pre-order date for watch.

Anyone else agree?
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iLoveiTunes Avatar
95 months ago
I wonder if apple can create a kinetic watch like in seiko where it would charge the battery just by the movement of the hand. Hence no need to charge it every night :D
I see what you did there :D
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ctdonath Avatar
95 months ago
It is not clear why Apple might choose to launch the update ahead of the Apple Watch
Of course it's clear, per a couple recent releases: make sure it's stable, with time to fix & update as needed, before the :apple:Watch arrives.

Gonna suck big time if they release 8.2 with the :apple:Watch, only to discover a big screwup that makes the new product's premier look bad.

If nothing else, will be a smoother release if people have their iPhones updated before getting the :apple:Watch, instead of dropping >$350 on something new then going "oh, crap, that's right, I have to update the phone too..."
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
blairh Avatar
95 months ago
Just give me the ability to use Swiftkey without crippling bugs!!!!!!!!!!
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
verniesgarden Avatar
95 months ago
the closer it gets, the less excited I am.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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